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Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 31 March 1933 (USA)
A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.

Director:

Gregory La Cava (as Gregory LaCava)

Writers:

Carey Wilson (screen play), Bertram Bloch (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Huston ... Hon. Judson Hammond - The President of the United States
Karen Morley ... Pendola Molloy
Franchot Tone ... Hartley Beekman - Secretary to the President
Arthur Byron ... Jasper Brooks - Secretary of State
Dickie Moore ... Jimmy Vetter
C. Henry Gordon ... Nick Diamond
David Landau ... John Bronson
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. H.L. Eastman (as Samuel Hinds)
William Pawley ... Borell
Jean Parker ... Alice Bronson
Claire Du Brey ... Nurse (as Claire DuBrey)
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Storyline

Newly inaugurated President Judson Hammond is content to live out the next four years exercising a hands-off approach and leaving the problems of Depression America to local authorities. But after a miraculous recovery from an auto accident, Hammond is ready to take on every social ill and neither Congress, gangsters nor the nations of the world will stop him. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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The sensation of a nation!

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El despertar de una nación See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's initial television presentation took place Monday 28 January 1957 in both Chicago and Minneapolis on WBBM (Channel 2) and on KMGM (Channel 9); in Altoona it first aired 17 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 28 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Memphis 14 May 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), and in Omaha 20 August 1957 on WOW (Channel 6) . Because of its age, obscurity and the dated political nature of its story, other major market telecasts eschewed it at this time, but it's now in the Turner Classic Movies inventory and vintage film enthusiasts welcome its occasional airings on TCM. See more »

Goofs

When Nick Diamond enters the Presidents office he pokes the chair on his right it is facing right, toward the wall. When he then sits it is facing the opposite direction, toward the center of the room. See more »

Quotes

Pendola 'Pendie' Molloy: I'm not a very religious person, Beek, but does it seem too fanciful to believe that God might've sent the angel Gabriel to do for Judd Hammond what He did for Daniel?
Hartley 'Beek' Beekman - Secretary to the President: Gabriel? I thought he was the messenger of Wrath.
Pendola 'Pendie' Molloy: Not always. To some he was the Angel of Revelations. A messenger sent from God to men.
Hartley 'Beek' Beekman - Secretary to the President: Huh... Gabriel over the White House.
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Written by John Philip Sousa
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A fascinating political fantasy
31 December 1998 | by mengelSee all my reviews

Anyone with an interest in American history or politics should see this--if you can find it! It's a fantasy about a political hack who is elected president during the Depression, who is transformed by an angel after an auto accident into a national savior--the perfect president, from a 1933 point of view. The result is just a bit scary. The fact that this movie came out during FDR's first few months in office makes it particularly interesting. It reveals a lot about what America was looking for then--and what it may be looking for today.


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